First Series from Bestselling Author Julie Klassen!
On a rise overlooking the Wiltshire countryside stands the village of Ivy Hill. Its coaching inn, The Bell, is its lifeblood--along with the coach lines that stop there daily, bringing news, mail, travelers, and much-needed trade.
Jane Bell lives on the edge of the inn property. She had been a genteel lady until she married the charming innkeeper who promised she would never have to work in his family's inn. But when he dies under mysterious circumstances, Jane finds herself The Bell's owner, and worse, she has three months to pay a large loan or lose the place.
Feeling reluctant and ill-equipped, Jane is tempted to abandon her husband's legacy and return to her former life of ease. However, she soon realizes there is more at stake than her comfort. But who can she trust to help her? Her resentful mother-in-law? Her husband's brother, who wanted the inn for himself? Or the handsome newcomer with secret plans of his own . . . ?
With pressure mounting from the bank, Jane struggles to win over naysayers and turn the place around. Can Jane bring new life to the inn, and to her heart as well?
I have read many of Julie Klassen's books and always have enjoyed them. Since she is a fan of Jane Austen, her books are more 'historical romance' genre, and I can always look forward to a nice clean read.
Now like I said, I have always loved Julie Klassen's books, but this one was not a favorite, I think it is because it is the first book in a series she is writing. Therefore, it was introducing us to all the characters that will follow in the next books in the series. Not sure if I will be reading them or not. This book just didn't strike a chord with me, there were just to many characters to take in and remember. And it is a very long book. (over 400 pages). However, I liked it enough to award it 3 Ivy Leaf stars***.
I bought this book and it is part of my personal library